ON THE HAUTE SEAT

Ris­ing tem­per­a­tures mak­ing you spend more time in­doors? We turn to Lí­mon, the hue-heavy, bright and airy Delhi stu­dio by Arad­hana Anand, for in­spi­ra­tion.

India Today - - COVER STORY - By RIDHI KALE

This is a story of playful colours, a cre­ative in­stinct, the splen­dour of chairs and the con­nec­tion they share. Hang on. We’ll get there. First, let us take you back to 2006 when Arad­hana Anand was busy climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der as an oil freight trader liv­ing in Dubai and then in Singapore. Nine years later she came back home yearn­ing to do some­thing more. As life would have it, she was forced to fit all the fur­ni­ture that she had in her flat over­seas into a room in her par­ent’s home in Delhi’s Shanti Nike­tan. Though she did not know it at the time, the wheels were al­ready in mo­tion for Lí­mon, a stu­dio that cel­e­brates colour, craft and chairs.

“While do­ing up my room I found ev­ery­thing but a good wing chair. So, I got hold of my car­pen­ter to make it my­self. In­spired by my mother, who draped her fur­ni­ture with sa­rees (be­cause of our six cats), I de­cided to use the nine yards as a uphol­stery ma­te­rial,” says 38-year-old Anand, who al­ways wanted to do some­thing cre­ative. Her first piece was com­fort­able but looked awk­ward. So, Anand im­mersed her­self in re­search and ex­per­i­mented till she got it just right. Mean­while she got in touch with graphic de­signer Sh­weta Mal­ho­tra and came up with the name Lí­mon, a word Anand and her sis­ter of­ten used in­stead of lemon while grow­ing up. The logo there­fore is a de­con­structed lemon in shades that de­fine her aes­thetic. “I did not want the name to do any­thing with fur­ni­ture,” says Anand.

Her first col­lec­tion launched in 2016 com­prised con­tem­po­rary chairs (wing back, lounge, club, ac­cent, but­ton and slip­per) dressed in hand­made sa­rees. For sa­rees she vis­its the em­po­ri­ums and chooses craft-driven pieces. Anand has also collb­o­rated with Mal­ho­tra and in­tro­duced a col­lec­tion called Rasa. Made us­ing cot­ton can­vases with screen print­ing, the colourful range in­cludes fur­ni­ture, nap­kins and cush­ions.

Anand’s re­cently re­fur­bished sec­ond floor stu­dio in Shanti Nike­tan dis­plays all these pieces against a pur­ple back­drop. Large win­dows let light in, pot­ted plants out­side and in­side make the space look fresh and art­works (pop and tra­di­tional) re­flect her dis­tinc­tive style of jux­ta­pos­ing two gen­res with elan. PRICE `2,500 on­wards

AT www. li­mon-de­sign.com

HUE KNEW The wing back chair with the Rasa col­lec­tion (pre­vi­ous page); art serves as a fit­ting back­drop for the sa­ree chairs (above); Arad­hana Anand (left)

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